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Rescuers search for Everest avalanche victims

Rescuers on Mount Everest Saturday found the body of a 13th Nepalese guide buried under snow as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest peak. Three sherpas remain missing from Friday's avalanche. The victims were among a large party of sherpas who left Everest base camp before dawn, carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare camps for foreign clients ahead of the main climbing season, which starts later this month.

Rescuers search for Everest avalanche victims

Rescuers searched Mount Everest for bodies Saturday as authorities ruled out hope of finding any more survivors from an avalanche that killed at least 12 Nepalese guides in the deadliest accident ever on the world's highest peak. Four sherpas were still missing from Friday's avalanche. The victims were among a large party of sherpas who left Everest base camp before dawn, carrying tents, food and ropes to prepare camps for foreign clients ahead of the main climbing season starting later this month.

Everest guide recalls horror of being 'trapped' by avalanche

A young Nepalese guide who survived the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on Mount Everest recalled Friday being "trapped" after the avalanche came crashing down the icy slopes, killing at least 12 of his companions. The force of the avalanche fractured 22-year-old Dawa Tashi Sherpa's ribs and broke his shoulder blades, leaving him buried in neck-deep snow -- but he was fortunate to survive. "I don't know how I survived," said 22-year-old Sherpa, who was airlifted to Kathmandu's Grande International Hospital after being rescued.

Death toll in Everest avalanche rises to nine

The death toll from an avalanche that struck a party of Nepalese climbing guides on Friday morning on Mount Everest has risen to nine, a senior government official told AFP. "Nine people have died, we have rescued five others," said tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti. pm-amu/adp/jom

Six killed in Everest avalanche: mountaineering official

At least six climbers have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, with all of the dead believed to be Nepalese sherpas working on the peak ahead of the start of the climbing season, officials said Monday. "Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.

Six Nepalese dead, six missing in Everest avalanche

At least six Nepalese climbing guides have been killed and six others are missing after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday in one of the deadliest accidents on the world's highest peak, officials said. "Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.

Six killed in Everest avalanche: mountaineering official

At least six climbers have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association told AFP. "Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa said. amu/adp/mtp

Nepal mulling ban on foreigners climbing alone on Everest

Nepal is considering banning foreign climbers from scaling Mount Everest alone in a bid to reduce accidents on the world's highest peak, an industry official said Thursday. Solo climbers would be forced to take a local guide up the mountain amid concerns of safety, overcrowding and piles of rubbish on the "roof of the world," the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said.

Nepal may install ladders on Everest's Hillary Step

Nepal may install ladders on Mount Everest's Hillary Step, the final rock wall which climbers have to scale to reach the summit, in a bid to ease congestion, the government said Monday. Expedition organisers announced last week that extra ropes would be fixed on congested ice walls like the Hillary Step, where mountaineers have faced frustrating delays in the past. Now Nepal's tourism ministry says it is considering going one step further in a move that it says would improve safety and end logjams.

Nepal to slash fees to climb overcrowded Everest

Nepal will slash climbing fees for Everest and other Himalayan peaks to attract more mountaineers, despite existing concerns of overcrowding during the climbing season, a tourism ministry official said Friday. The government will cut licence fees for foreign individuals trying to scale the world's highest peak from $25,000 to $11,000 from next year, Dipendra Paudel said. However fees for group expeditions to Everest will go up, in a bid to discourage large numbers climbing together and to reduce tensions on the mountain during peak months, Paudel said.
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